Heal the past for a happier future.
Our perception of the world and how we relate to others is based largely on our accumulated experiences.
Early experiences are crucial to the development of a child's sense of self, so childhood abuse can have far-reaching consequences into adulthood.
Sexual abuse is "an unwanted act of a sexual nature" and can be one of the most damaging experiences a child can have.
This type of abuse includes:
• unwanted kissing or fondling
• third-party participation
• the use of violence to impose sexual activity
• sexual harassment
• exposure to pornography
Healing is possible.
Family Counselling and Support Services offers a comprehensive program for women who have experienced childhood sexual abuse.
Our program is designed to help women overcome the trauma of their past through coping methods and skills development.
Our goal is to reduce overwhelming negative feelings and isolation and to increase self-esteem.
Living with traumatic events of the past is difficult. Taking steps toward a more optimistic future is a precious gift you give to yourself.
When you need us we will be there.
If you suffer from any of the following, due to childhood sexual abuses, consider joining our program:
• sexual difficulties
• sexual promiscuity or avoidance
• feelings of powerlessness or victimization
• low self-esteem
• self-harm behaviour
• mistrust of others
• feelings of disconnection from others
• frequent 'spacing out' or dissociation
• anxiety and panic
• difficulties in relaxing
• a need to be in control
• suicide attempts
Family Counselling and Support Services is committed to working with you to achieve self-healing. We help sexual abuse survivors develop the tools they need to live a more satisfying life.
You will be invited to attend a healing group, sharing experiences and advice with others. There may also be an opportunity to work directly with a qualified counsellor.
A strong will to change is the first step.
Change is a slow but rewarding process.
Learning to trust again is a risk you will never regret taking.
"Though no one can go back and make a brand new start, anyone can start from now and make a brand new ending.
Some testimonials from clients who have benefited from our Adult Women's Services...
"The counselling has been exceptional. I came to counselling feeling hopeless scared, guilty, and frustrated in my life. Now, a few sessions later, I feel renewed and optimistic. The counsellor understood my needs immediately and we set out a path of goals that I was able to reach successfully. Thank you."
"The counsellor was able to help me calm down and understand what was causing my anxiety."
"I felt comfortable and at ease. It was easy to talk about personal issues. I was able to see things in a whole different perspective."
Our Hours of Operation are:
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday:
9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Our offices are closed Saturdays and Sundays
Contact Family Counselling and Support Services at 519-824-2431 or
1-800-307-7078 to schedule an appointment.